I have never been so affected by a series of books before. Usually i read fantasy books, and in fact i chose the book because of the misleading description on the back about teenagers going to hell. But it was the best mistake i ever made. I have read the whole series 3 times, and am in the process of reading them a fourth time.
While the book starts off in the lives of a normal teenage girl, it doesnt take long for the harsh and relentless shocks of Ellie's life to come into play. As the series goes on, you will not be able to believe the things they have to cope with. It got to a point where my eyes were red from crying, and i felt that Ellie was either ME, or my best friend.
This first book in the series has some great moments (e.g. the bulldozer, and the bridge) but also a very realistic romantic undertone.
One of the best things about this book is how easily i could relate each character to one person in my group of friends. They fitted perfectly. Of course this made any death hit me even harder, and every fight felt real.
If you like relentless excitement, mixed with relentless grief, fear and love. You will love this book. But if you also love humour, you wont be left dry. There is one point, in the third book, when the group is cornered by soldiers, and as they are lined up Kevin farts. I havent laughed so hard at a book in my life. It brightened a very dark moment.